Baby Names

The Top 100 Japanese Baby Names & Their Meanings

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Are you choosing Japanese baby names to honor your heritage, or do you want to pick one because you’re fascinated by the Japanese culture?

Many parents love the sound and spelling of Japanese names, especially if they’re into video games or manga (a genre of comics that originated in Japan).

A lot of Japanese names and characters have become a common choice, even in Western countries. They do sound cool, but you should check their meanings first before picking a Japanese name for your baby.

Note that Japan has three different ways of writing: kanji (symbols from Chinese characters), hiragana and katakana (phonetics), and romanji (using Western words and characters).

So, the same name can be written in many different ways, and similarly spelled names might actually have totally different meanings.

The following are our top 100 choices for Japanese baby names:

Due to the kanji writing system, most Japanese names can have many different meanings. Parts of the name can mean different things, depending on how you write them.

These are some of the popular names for boys and their meanings:


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A bright boy or prince
  • Other Meanings: Respectable man, crystal, sage, morning sun, bright, clear, dawn, refreshing, disciplined, autumn, trade, reveal, and restful


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright man or bold hero
  • Other Meanings: Husband, man, dawn, doing it clearly, light, harmony, male, cheerfulness, sparkle, living, and autumn


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright man or a man with wisdom
  • Other Meanings: Bright, light, autumn, dawn, morning sun, shine, all, clearly visible, illuminate, sparkle, sun, good luck, authority, law, regular, fine, crystal, refreshing, fortunately, smart, melt, and philosopher


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Kindness, honesty, or pure
  • Other Meanings: Dedicated, sincerity, samurai, recovery, land, succeed, heat, thickness, wealth, virtue, courteous, harmonious, supervision, courteous, endeavor, aspire, achievement, poetry, and warm


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A thousand blessings child
  • Other Meanings: Laugh, clothing, thousand, blessings, film, flourish, river, child, branch, smart, weight, or knowledge


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Thousand generations, thousand worlds
  • Other Meanings: A thousand leaves, given, world, surplus, generation, night, accept, lotus, sun, smart, world, knowledge, and good


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Great wisdom or intellect
  • Other Meanings: Big ground, smart, knowledge, thousand, one, city, govern, run fast, and gentle
  • Description: It’s sometimes confused with Daiki, but they have different meanings (Daiki means ‘big’ and ‘shining’)


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Big, great help
  • Other Meanings: Help of god, rich, transparent, help someone, big, doing it clearly, assistance, lead, education, and shop


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Unsurpassed or unique
  • Other Meanings: Wealth, samurai, and wisteria (a kind of flower)
  • Description: The name is also popular because it’s used for Japan’s most famous mountain, Mount Fuji


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of the wind
  • Other Meanings: Sentence, eclipse, samurai, greens, and wealth

What Japanese Name Means Sun? Haru

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: To stretch
  • Other Meanings: Spring, origin, joy, hazel, big, much far, bright, east, cherry blossoms, warm, forever and ever, expert, knowledge, beauty, flower, far distant, open, and sun


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Shining brightly or spring child
  • Other Meanings: Precious, shine, hope, spring, castle, sun, care, radiance, joy, rare, season, cavalry, and Chinese bellflower
  • Description: It can be related to Haru or Ruki (as nicknames)


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Soar or fly
  • Other Meanings: Warm, radiance, capital, sun, bright, spring, one, benevolence, spring, samurai, disciple, joy, rich, and heaven


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Light and sun
  • Other Meanings: Vegetables, greens, warmth, flowers, beautiful, harmony, peace, serenity, and summer


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Infinite or broad-minded person
  • Other Meanings: Big, Japanese varnish tree, sky, fly in the sky, benevolence, ocean, superiority, thanks, and forgive
  • Description: Because it resembles the English word “hero,” this Japanese name is popular even in Western countries.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Tolerant, generous, and prosperous
  • Other Meanings: Broad-minded, ocean, aspire, leading widely, complete, wide, help of god, lions, samurai, succeed, lyrics, and history


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Soar or big flight
  • Other Meanings: Benevolence, smart, leading widely, heaven, ancestor, samurai, superiority, the forest surrounding the shrine, fly in the sky, precious, forever and ever, rich, and sound.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: First son
  • Other Meanings: Very excellent, road, or one
  • Description: It’s used as a variation for the name Ichiro.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Other Meanings: Courage, power, achievement, daring, dream, gallant, help someone, dream, sand, great, and authority


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Independence or spring trees
  • Other Meanings: Precious, one, moon, cleanse, joy, tree, hope, radiance, atmosphere, shine, bright, season, hope, great, and rare


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: He who invites; the god of creation
  • Other Meanings: Peace leader, calm, waves, and the first man
  • Description: In Japanese mythology, Izanagi and his wife Izanami appeared after heaven and the earth separated due to chaos. Together, they created the islands of Japan.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Paddle
  • Other Meanings: A free man, ocean, peace, harmony, calm, summer, think deeply, fine, and song


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Soaring through and beyond
  • Other Meanings: Ocean, fly in the sky, free, samurai, Japanese cypress, benevolence, virtue, and kite


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bell
  • Other Meanings: Serve or humble


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of bliss
  • Other Meanings: Great noble god and sacred god
  • Description: Kangiten is also known as Kanki-ten and Shoten.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Win over the sea
  • Other Meanings: Triumph, fruit, ocean, beauty, attractive, and flower


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Prosecutor
  • Other Meanings: Be affectionate, smart, healthy, child, aspire, benevolence, and succeed


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A humble and modest person
  • Other Meanings: Heart, trust, depth, humble, modesty, proceed vigorously, respectable person, true, and the sword


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Other Meanings: Pure heart, sacred, good, righteousness, clean appearance, serene, aromatic, fortunately, luck, success, and aspire


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of hearth, kitchen, and fire
  • Other Meanings: Lake and human


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of knowledge and agriculture
  • Other Meanings: Wisdom
  • Description: Kuebiko is a Japanese god who’s represented in mythology as a scarecrow.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Deity of rain and snow (in Shinto, a Japanese religion)
  • Other Meanings: Dragon god of the water or water dragon patron
  • Description: This Japanese god is represented as a legendary dragon.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Victory and excellence
  • Other Meanings: Superiority, ten thousand, power, big endeavor, fine, crystal, order, polite, grace, flow, and elegance


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Harbor
  • Other Meanings: South, the forest surrounding the shrine, ocean, sound, climb, water, world, lamp, kindness, and capital


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: To bear fruit
  • Other Meanings: Ascend, season, fruit, kindness, sincerity, autumn, rich, agriculture, and flow


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: The moon
  • Other Meanings: Seven, summer, basis, hope, rare, prayer, disciplined, precious, and bright


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Serving one’s thoughts
  • Other Meanings: Discretion and combine
  • Description: In Shinto, Omoikane is the god of intelligence and wisdom


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of thunder and lightning;
  • Other Meanings: Benevolence and rely
  • Description: Raiden is the alternate spelling of Raijin


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Lotus
  • Other Meanings: Clever, a pure heart, lions, dream, and mercy


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Land
  • Other Meanings: Gallant, sky, deep red, beautiful black stone, crystal, and bloom


  • Origin: Japanese and Korean
  • Meaning: God of the sea
  • Other Meanings: Dragon god and dragon king
  • Description: In Shinto, Ryūjin is the dragon god who’s also called Watatsumi and Suijin.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of water
  • Other Meanings: Water lord and water heaven
  • Description: Known as the Japanese god of water, Suijin is another name for Ryūjin.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Loyal and faithful
  • Other Meanings: Correct, accurate, good, sincere, aspire, righteousness, love of peace, elegance, and honest


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A tall bridge
  • Other Meanings: Prosperous noble, hero, moral courage, and integrity


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of swords and thunder
  • Other Meanings: Brave and thunder god


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Artisan or skillful
  • Other Meanings: Ocean, truth, big, engineering, light, heart, hope, fountain, kindness, progress, and attractive


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Top of the mountain
  • Other Meanings: Light, protect, winter, and pine tree


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: God of the moon
  • Other Meanings: Moon-god, reading, and counting


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Great harmony
  • Other Meanings: Ancient Japan, serenity, peace, harmony, capital, mountain, target, samurai, true, and progress


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Happiness and snow
  • Other Meanings: Create value, luck, helping someone, hope, precious, and prayer

Here are our top picks for Japanese baby girl names:


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Black rain
  • Other Meanings: Dark rain


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Love
  • Other Meanings: Blue, affection, and mugwort (a species of aromatic flowering plants)


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Lights and brightness
  • Other Meanings: Small, star, crystal, beauty, smart, be gifted, and vivid color
  • Description: It’s a variation to Akira, which means “bright and intelligent.”

What Are Some Unique Japanese Names? Akemi

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright and beautiful
  • Other Meanings: Dawn, ocean, and vermilion (a bright red color)


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright and glistening like the autumn
  • Other Meanings: Accept, doing it clearly, trust, light, philosopher, shining light, cheerfulness, and crystal


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Apricot (fruit)
  • Other Meanings: Ripe


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Hollyhock and althea (both are species of flowers)
  • Other Meanings: Cherry blossoms, vivid colors, love, dark blue, refreshing, love, great, and sacred


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Morning sun
  • Other Meanings: Fly in the sky, vividness, light, bright sun, progress, bloom, princess, and fortune


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Colorful
  • Other Meanings: Blessed, bright, to master the academic, and progress
  • Description: It can be a nickname for Maya, Kaia, or Isla


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Joyful
  • Other Meanings: Beautiful smile, happiness, and good news
  • Description: Can be shorted to Shira


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A thousand generations
  • Other Meanings: Leaf, generation, beauty, lotus, sun, smart, and fortune


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful smile
  • Other Meanings: Laugh, beauty, heart, kindness, bloom, and progress
  • Description: Some American parents use this variation for Emy or Emmie


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Intellectual
  • Other Meanings: Pearl, help someone, love, rainbow, aromatic, disciplined, beauty, and wealth
  • Description: Fumi or Miko


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Flower or blossom
  • Other Meanings: Fountain, love, beauty, harmony, calm, serenity, crystal, snow, cherry blossoms, gem, and summer
  • Description: It has a similar pronunciation as the biblical Hannah


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Distant or spring blossom
  • Other Meanings: Spring fragrance, forever and ever, infinite space and time, a beautiful flower, lovely, sun, spring, and wind

What Is The Prettiest Japanese Name? Hayami

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Rare beauty
  • Other Meanings: Early, beautiful lady, water, sprout, and a strong gale


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Home of light and love
  • Other Meanings: Ball of light, hollyhock flower, jasmine, sunflower, love, princess, sun, village, dream, crystal, dance, true, ten thousand, and holly


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A sunny place
  • Other Meanings: Sun, warm, princess, fruit trees, poetry, bloom, play music, gentle, pleasant, and laugh
  • Description: Hinata is a fictional character in the anime and manga, “Naruto.”


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Star
  • Other Meanings: Child
  • Description: Its shortened version is Hoshi.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: One summer
  • Other Meanings: One thousand flowers, best, entertainer, excellent, summer, love, beautiful, harmony, peace, play the music, delighted, and maple tree


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Ocean village
  • Other Meanings: Clear as crystal, free, cypress, cherry blossoms, bell, picture, and treasure
  • Description: It can be changed into Kairy, which means “sea.”


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Nice scent or perfume
  • Other Meanings: Aromatic, cherry blossoms, entertainment, woven, beautiful, summer, and flower


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Peaceful child
  • Other Meanings: Moon, incense, ten thousand, harmony, peace, lake, and long life


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Gemstone
  • Other Meanings: Hope, firefly, lovely, engagement, understand, clever, aromatic, and great
  • Description: It was originally a boy’s name but has become a popular girl name; it can be a nickname for Keiko.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Hope
  • Other Meanings: Bright


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Honorable
  • Other Meanings: Craftsmanship, ocean, joy, kindness, princess, beauty, progress, hope, and fountain
  • Description: It can be used as a nickname for Kimmy or the western name Kimberly.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Stork
  • Other Meanings: Rainbow, heart, love, deep red, Japanese harp, fortune, live longer, and be delighted.
  • Description: Some parents might choose the French version, Coco


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A forever beautiful child
  • Other Meanings: Five, kindness, fruit, progress, beauty, sacred, beautiful black stone, and sky


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Affection
  • Other Meanings: True, calm, ten thousand, fruit trees, superior, sincerity, and camphor tree


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Elegant and truth
  • Other Meanings: Reason, beauty, bow, real, kindness, ocean, superior, and attractive


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Blessings and grace
  • Other Meanings: Blessed, love, favor, light, river, benevolence, fortune, affectionate, kindness, progress, and water


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bud or sprout
  • Other Meanings: Blessed, life, bright, the reason, good, princess, emphasis, love, and vividness


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Flower stem
  • Other Meanings: Light, hope, tree, kindness, gorgeous, joy, and rare


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful blossom
  • Other Meanings: Cherry blossoms, beauty, heart, laugh, light, fortune, good, prayer, bloom, and fountain


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Beautiful moon
  • Other Meanings: Hope, light, princess, kindness, brightness, season, three, rare, and joy


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Flower from heaven
  • Other Meanings: Fruit trees, good, and beautiful


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Amber stone
  • Other Meanings: Benevolence and tiger


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A dignified or gallant person
  • Other Meanings: Dream, extraordinary, orchid, beautiful ball, apricot, crystal, and bell


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Growing flowers at home
  • Other Meanings: Morning, crystal, bloom, skillful, cherry blossoms, fortune, plum, and vivid color


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Happy or lucky child
  • Other Meanings: Love, fortune, luck, knowledge, smartness, and knowledge


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Cherry blossoms
  • Other Meanings: Bloom, flourish, and good fortune
  • Description: It’s a popular name for a little girl born in spring.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Happiness
  • Other Meanings: Music, purity, soul, pleasant, orchid, love, vivid, and cherry blossoms


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sugar
  • Other Meanings: Clever, sacred, village, township, helping someone, capital, bloom, and benevolence
  • Description: It can be spelled as Satoh or Satou.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: A force to be reckoned with
  • Other Meanings: Lake, star, shining bright, affection, heart, rainbow, and gentle


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Sky
  • Other Meanings: Wind, central, summer, heaven, serene, infinite space and time, forever and ever, beauty, true, and refreshing


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bell tree or bell wood
  • Other Meanings: Cool, hope, joy, season, living, and bright


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Treasure
  • Other Meanings: Heaven, sky, brightness, good, honor, truth, precious, and fine


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Eastern capital
  • Other Meanings: Capital city
  • Description: It’s a unisex name and popularly known as the name of Japan’s capital.


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Affection
  • Other Meanings: Tie, bind, love, help someone, vividness, harmony, peace, apricot, brightness, elegance, grace, beauty, and friend


  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Grapefruit, hope
  • Other Meanings: Citrus fruit, bloom, princess, snow, pearl, evening, radiance, rare, Chinese bellflower, precious, and gorgeous

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